Monday, September 26, 2011

These 33 minutes will change your life!

Watch this '180' video and consider its message:
These 33 minutes will change your life!


John Piper “I give my unflinching, joyful, trembling Yes to '180'. Unflinching, because it's right. Joyful, because it's good. Trembling, because this our defeated enemy is still vicious.” John Piper - Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church

Francis Chan “Extremely convicting.  It made me question my courage.  I pray it causes many to evaluate their silence.” Francis Chan - Pastor & Best-Selling Author

Kirk Cameron “My friend Ray Comfort has produced a powerful piece of media that leaves a lasting mark on your heart and mind. '180' is 33 minutes of video adrenaline, shock, and hope. As defenders of the unborn and messengers of the Gospel of Life, we need to see this video and share it with as many people as we can.” Kirk Cameron - Actor and TV Co-host

“Engaging, balanced, effective and disarming.” Nick Vujicic
David Platt “Watch this video now…and then pass it on to everyone you can. ‘180’ is a poignant, eye-opening, heart-wrenching film that exposes the moral darkness of our hearts and the hidden horror of our culture—all through the lens of the indescribable love of our God.”
David Platt
- Senior Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills, York Times Best-Selling Author

Frank Pastore “You've just got to see this, because, in mere seconds, literally in seconds, people are flipping from being pro-choice and that abortion is okay, to being pro-life…and the arguments are so winsome and powerful!”
Frank Pastore - Frank Pastore Show, KKLA

Jack Zufelt “One of the most important films of its kind ever created!”
Jack M. Zufelt - Success Expert and best selling author of, The DNA of Success
Eric Hovind “This film has the potential to change the course of our nation.”
Eric Hovind
- President, Creation Science Evangelism
Dr. Alveda C. King “'180' is an eye opener, a ‘game changer,’ sure to turn many lives around. Thank God for this film which shines the light of truth on the evil of abortion.” Dr. Alveda C. King - Founder of King for America
John Reynolds “This was a riveting presentation of historical precedent and logical deductions…” John Reynolds - Co-Founder
Howard Conder “'180' is brilliant! You can’t help but be moved by it.”
Howard Conder - co-founder and host, Revelation TV
Penny Young Nance "'180' is the most gripping video I’ve seen this year.”
Penny Young Nance
- President, Concerned Women for America
Larry Gatlin “Very powerful . . . It will change lives.”
Larry Gatlin - American country music singer/songwriter
Allan Parker “'180' is the most powerful production of its kind that I have ever seen.” Allan Parker - President, The Justice Foundation
Dr. Carl Moeller “Amazing…really powerful and inescapably compelling logic.” 
Dr. Carl Moeller - President/CEO, Open Doors USA
Bill Gothard “A life-changing message that will impact the nation.” Bill Gothard
Jill Stanek “Incredible. It’ll blow you away!” Jill Stanek
Dr. Frank Turek “With one question, Ray Comfort shows how you can change minds, save lives, and awaken the conscience of a nation.  Why hasn't anyone thought of this until now?” Dr. Frank Turek - Founder & President of
Francine Rivers “Powerful, disturbing…‘180’ is our wake up call.” Francine Rivers - author of The Atonement Child
Abby Johnson “Absolutely amazing!” Abby Johnson - author of Unplanned
Skip Heitzig “Totally incredible!” Skip Heitzig - Pastor, Calvary of Albuquerque
K.P. Yohannan “Truly revolutionary and inspiring!” K.P. Yohannan
Joseph Farah “Brilliant and powerful.” Joseph Farah - CEO
Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar “Life-changing!” Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar - TLC's 19 Kids & Counting
Randy Alcorn “Mind-blowing and unforgettable!” Randy Alcorn
Kay Arthur “Brilliant...” Kay Arthur
Joni Eareckson Tada “Riveting!” Joni Eareckson Tada
Janet Parshall “I am absolutely in awe at this!” Janet Parshall
Dr. Kenyn M. Cureton “Ray Comfort’s bracing questions cut like a laser through all the mindnumbing… compelling those he interviews to grapple with life, death, and eternity.” Dr. Kenyn M. Cureton - Vice President for Church Ministries, Family Research Council, Washington, DC
Ron DiCianni “As one who was scheduled to be aborted, this astounding video struck me at my core that this is needed more now than ever. It is more than is a vehicle of God's voice to this generation, and must be seen!” Ron DiCianni
Johnny Berguson “Paradigm Shattering! A most powerful message that will change and
save lives!”
Johnny Berguson - Pres. Kingdom, Inc. 
Garry T. Ansdell “You don't view this video. You experience it!” Garry T. Ansdell
Trish Ramos “After viewing 180 last night one couple wanted to invest in a couple of thousand copies, and give them away in the surrounding neighborhoods near our church.” Trisha Ramos (TX)
Stacy L. Massey “Leaves you utterly speechless! 180 is going to change the direction of
the nation.”
Stacy L. Massey - president, Abortion Recovery International
Allen Atzbi “Riveting, shocking, jaw-dropping!” Allen Atzbi

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Being An Indian-Type Friend

"Share each other's troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord's command."1

The North American Indians had no written language before they met the white man. Their language, however, was far from primitive. Many of the Indians had as many words in their vocabulary as their English and French exploiters. Some of their words were much more picturesque, too. For example, "friend" to the Indians was "one-who-carries-my-sorrows-on-his-back."

Everybody needs at least one trusted "Indian-type" friend with whom he or she can share his or her deepest sorrows and painful feelings. We all need a helping hand and a listening ear when we're going through difficult times.

How do we find such a friend? First, by praying and asking God to help us to be an "Indian-type" friend to others. And then by asking God to help us find such a friend.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to become a true ‘Indian-type-safe-burden-bearing friend’ myself and be supportive of others in need. And please help me to find a friend with whom I feel safe to share all my sorrows, failures, struggles, and problems—as well as all my successes and joys. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’ name, amen.”

1. The Apostle Paul, (Galatians 6:2, TLB).

By Dick Innes

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

He Did Not Pray To Win

My son Gilbert was eight years old and had been in Cub Scouts only a short time.  During one of his meetings he was handed a sheet of paper, a block of wood and four tires and told to return home and give all to "dad".

That was not an easy task for Gilbert to do.  Dad was not receptive to doing things with his son.  But Gilbert tried.  Dad read the paper and scoffed at the idea of making a pine wood derby car with his young, eager son.  The block of wood remained untouched as the weeks passed.

Finally, mom stepped in to see if I could figure this all out.  The project began.  Having no carpentry skills, I decided it would be best if I simply read the directions and let Gilbert do the work.  And he did.  I read aloud the measurements, the rules of what we could do and what we couldn't do.
Within days his block of wood was turning into a pinewood derby car.  A little lopsided, but looking great (at least through the eyes of mom).  Gilbert had not seen any of the other kids cars and was feeling pretty proud of his "Blue Lightning", the pride that comes with knowing you did something on your own.

Then the big night came.  With his blue pinewood derby in his hand and pride in his heart we headed to the big race.  Once there my little one's pride turned to humility.  Gilbert's car was obviously the only car made entirely on his own.  All the other cars were a father-son partnership, with cool paint jobs and sleek body styles made for speed.

A few of the boys giggled as they looked at Gilbert's, lopsided, wobbly, unattractive vehicle.  To add to the humility Gilbert was the only boy without a man at his side.  A couple of the boys who were from single parent homes at least had an uncle or grandfather by their side, Gilbert had "mom".

As the race began it was done in elimination fashion.  You kept racing as long as you were the winner.  One by one the cars raced down the finely sanded ramp.  Finally it was between Gilbert and the sleekest, fastest looking car there.
As the last race was about to begin, my wide eyed, shy eight year old ask if they could stop the race for a minute, because he wanted to pray.  The race stopped.

Gilbert hit his knees clutching his funny looking block of wood between his hands.  With a wrinkled brow he set to converse with his Father.  He prayed in earnest for a very long minute and a half.

Then he stood, smile on his face and announced, 'Okay, I am ready."

As the crowd cheered, a boy named Tommy stood with his father as their car sped down the ramp.  Gilbert stood with his Father within his heart and watched his block of wood wobble down the ramp with surprisingly great speed and rushed over the finish line a fraction of a second before Tommy's car.

Gilbert leaped into the air with a loud "Thank you" as the crowd roared in approval.  The Scout Master came up to Gilbert with microphone in hand and asked the obvious question, "So you prayed to win, huh, Gilbert?"

To which my young son answered, "Oh, no sir.  That wouldn't be fair to ask God to help you beat someone else.  I just asked Him to make it so I don't cry when I lose."

Children seem to have a wisdom far beyond us.  Gilbert didn't ask God to win the race, he didn't ask God to fix the out come, Gilbert asked God to give him strength in the outcome.  When Gilbert first saw the other cars he didn't cry out to God, "No fair, they had a fathers help".

No, he went to his Father for strength.  Perhaps we spend too much of our prayer time asking God to rig the race, to make us number one, or too much time asking God to remove us from the struggle, when we should be seeking God's strength to get through the struggle.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

Gilbert's simple prayer spoke volumes to those present that night. He never doubted that God would indeed answer his request.  He didn't pray to win, thus hurt someone else, he prayed that God supply the grace to lose with dignity. 

Gilbert, by his stopping the race to speak to his Father also showed the crowd that he wasn't there without a "dad", but His Father was most definitely there with him.

Yes, Gilbert walked away a winner that night, with his Father at his side.

By Peggy Porter

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Dash

by Linda Ellis 

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth

and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time

that she spent alive on earth
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matter not, how much we own,

the cars...the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;

are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough

to consider what's true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger

and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect

and more often wear a smile...
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read

with your life's actions to rehash,
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent your dash?

Live Your Prayers

I knelt to pray when day was done
And prayed, "O Lord, bless everyone,
Lift from each saddened heart the pain
And let the sick be well again."

And then I woke another day
And carelessly went on my way,
The whole day long I did not try
To wipe a tear from any eye.

I did not try to share the load
Of any brother on the road.
I did not even go to see
The sick man just next door to me.

Yet once again when day was done
I prayed, "O Lord, bless everyone."
But as I prayed, into my ear
there came a voice that whispered clear,

"Pause now, my child, before you pray.
Whom have you tried to bless today?
God's sweetest blessings always go
by hands that serve him here below."

And then I hid my face and cried,
"Forgive me, God, I have not tried,
But let me live another day
and I will live the way I pray."

- Author Unknown

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lesson From A Sea of Milk

I recently heard a story from Stephen Glenn about a famous research scientist who had made several very important medical breakthroughs. He was being interviewed by a newspaper reporter who asked him why he thought he was able to be so much more creative than the average person. What set him so far apart from others?

He responded that, in his opinion, it all came from an experience with his mother that occurred when he was about two years old. He had been trying to remove a bottle of milk from the refrigerator when he lost his grip on the slippery bottle and it fell, spilling its contents all over the kitchen floor—a veritable sea of milk!

When his mother came into the kitchen, instead of yelling at him, giving him a lecture, or punishing him, she said, “"Robert, what a great and wonderful mess you have made! I have rarely seen such a huge puddle of milk. Well, the damage has already been done. Would you like to get down and play in the milk for a few minutes before we clean it up?”"

Indeed, he did. After a few minutes, his mother said, "“You know, Robert, whenever you make a mess like this, eventually you have to clean it up and restore everything to its proper order. So, how would you like to do that? We could use a sponge, a towel, or a mop. Which do you prefer?"” He chose the sponge and together they cleaned up the spilled milk.

His mother then said, “"You know, what we have here is a failed experiment in how to effectively carry a big milk bottle with two tiny hands. Let’s go out in the back yard and fill the bottle with water and see if you can discover a way to carry it without dropping it.”" The little boy learned that if he grasped the bottle at the top near the lip with both hands, he could carry it without dropping it. What a wonderful lesson!

This renowned scientist then remarked that it was at that moment that he knew he didn’t need to be afraid to make mistakes. Instead, he learned that mistakes were just opportunities for learning something new, which is, after all, what scientific experiments are all about. Even if the experiment “doesn’t work,” we usually learn something valuable from it.

Wouldn’t it be great if all parents would respond the way Robert’s mother responded to him?

—Jack Canfield

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


They say "you can't choose your parents." All of us have circumstances that cannot be changed, whether it's the home we're born into or a physical condition we're struggling with.

In that case, our choice isn't to change our circumstances, but to change our ATTITUDE.

Take for example, the story of Roger Crawford as told in the book, The Choice is Yours by John C. Maxwell: 


By John Maxwell

Roger Crawford makes his living as a consultant and public speaker. He's written two books and travels all across the country working with Fortune 500 companies, national and state associations, and school districts.

Those aren't bad credentials. But if that doesn't impress you, how about this: before becoming a consultant, he was a varsity tennis player for Loyola Marymount University and later became a professional tennis player certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association. Still not impressed? Would you change your opinion if I told you Roger had no hands and only one foot?

Roger Crawford was born with a condition called ectrodactylism. When he emerged from his mother's womb, the doctors saw that he had a thumb-like projection extending out of his right forearm. He had no palms. His legs and arms were shortened. And his left leg possessed a shrunken foot with only three toes. (The foot was amputated when he was five.)

Roger's parents were told by various medical professionals that he would never be able to walk, probably would not be able to take care of himself, and would never lead a normal life.

After recovering from the shock, Roger's parents were determined to give him the best chance possible for living a normal life. They raised him to feel loved, to be strong, and to develop independence. "You're only as handicapped as you want to be," his father used to tell him. They encouraged him to do everything his heart desired. And they taught him to think positively.

Roger appreciated the encouragement and training he received from his parents, but I don't think he really understood the significance of it or his achievements until he went to college and he interacted with someone who wanted to meet him. After he received a phone call from a man who had read about his tennis victories, Crawford agreed to meet him at a nearby restaurant. When Roger stood up to shake hands with the man, he discovered that the other guy had hands that were almost identical to his. That got Crawford excited, because he thought he had found someone similar to him but older who could act as his mentor. But after talking with the stranger for a few minutes, he realized he was wrong.

Roger says: "Instead, what I found was someone with a bitter, pessimistic attitude who blamed all of life's disappointments and failures on his anatomy."

"I soon recognized that our lives and attitudes couldn't have been more different...He had never held a job for long, and he said this was because of 'discrimination' — certainly not because (as he admitted) he was constantly late, frequently absent and failed to take any responsibility for his work. His attitude was, 'The world owes me,' and his problem was that the world disagreed. I didn't share his despair."

"We kept in touch for several years, until it dawned on me that even if some miracle were suddenly to give him a perfect body, his unhappiness and lack of success wouldn't change. He would still be at the same place in his life."

What about you? Is your attitude holding you back? Choose to change it...and experience the fullness life has to offer.

Roger Crawford had everything he needed to play tennis - except two hands and a leg.